We visited a palaeontology museum in Trelew

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After our stop at the Punta Loma fauna reserve we drove to Trelew, a city settled in tne 19th century by Welsh migrants. We followed the main national highway connecting Buenos Aires with Patagonia - Highway 3 - which was being double-laned through this area.

In Trelew - the name is of Welsh origin - we visited one of the finer palaeontology/ dinosaur museums I've ever seen - The Museo Egidio Feruglio. it has striking displays and dioramas showing flying, swimming and land-based dinosaurs in all types of activity. The displays are dark but the skeletons are lit with intense yellow lights that create an air of drama and mystery around the animals. Our guide was well informed about the museum and about dinosaurs.

She discussed theories like "contnental drift" and "the big bang" and their possible effects on the evolution and extinction of patagonian species. The audience was amazed that this region of Argentina was at one point - millions of years ago - connected to the African continent in the area of Morocco and that the same species inhabited both regions. In fact our guide admitted that some of the dinosaur skeletons in the dioramas contained components of identical African dinosaurs because those components could not be found here.

 

After our visit to the paleontology museum, we were ready for our afternoon tea consisting of cakes and cookies with tea and coffee accompanied by the beautiful voices of a Welsh choir singing traditional hymns in three languages English, Castillian and Welsh - a perfect ending to our tour

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